Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century. He married three times, to fellow actors Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh, and Joan Plowright.

Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama. He was the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Great Britain and its main stage is named in his honour. He is regarded by some to be the greatest actor of the 20th century, in the same category as David Garrick, Richard Burbage, Edmund Kean and Henry Irving in their own centuries. Olivier's AMPAS acknowledgments are considerable: fourteen Oscar nominations, with two awards (for Best Actor and Best Picture for the 1948 film Hamlet), and two honorary awards including a statuette and certificate. He was also awarded five Emmy awards from the nine nominations he received. Additionally, he was a three-time Golden Globe and BAFTA winner.

Olivier's career as a stage and film actor spanned more than six decades and included a wide variety of roles, from the title role in Shakespeare's Othello and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night to the sadistic Nazi dentist Christian Szell in Marathon Man and the kindly but determined Nazi-hunter in The Boys from Brazil. A High church clergyman's son who found fame on the West End stage, Olivier became determined early on to master Shakespeare, and eventually came to be regarded as one of the foremost Shakespeare interpreters of the 20th century. He continued to act until the year before his death in 1989. Olivier played more than 120 stage roles: Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly sixty films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War, and A Bridge Too Far, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth, John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, Daniel Petrie's The Betsy, Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans, and his own Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III. He also preserved his Othello on film, with its stage cast virtually intact. For television, he starred in The Moon and Sixpence, John Gabriel Borkman, Long Day's Journey into Night, Brideshead Revisited, The Merchant of Venice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and King Lear, among others.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Olivier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, at number 14 on the list.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Laurence Olivier, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century. He married three times, to fellow actors Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh, and Joan Plowright.

Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama. He was the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Great Britain and its main stage is named in his honour. He is regarded by some to be the greatest actor of the 20th century, in the same category as David Garrick, Richard Burbage, Edmund Kean and Henry Irving in their own centuries. Olivier's AMPAS acknowledgments are considerable: fourteen Oscar nominations, with two awards (for Best Actor and Best Picture for the 1948 film Hamlet), and two honorary awards including a statuette and certificate. He was also awarded five Emmy awards from the nine nominations he received. Additionally, he was a three-time Golden Globe and BAFTA winner.

Olivier's career as a stage and film actor spanned more than six decades and included a wide variety of roles, from the title role in Shakespeare's Othello and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night to the sadistic Nazi dentist Christian Szell in Marathon Man and the kindly but determined Nazi-hunter in The Boys from Brazil. A High church clergyman's son who found fame on the West End stage, Olivier became determined early on to master Shakespeare, and eventually came to be regarded as one of the foremost Shakespeare interpreters of the 20th century. He continued to act until the year before his death in 1989. Olivier played more than 120 stage roles: Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly sixty films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, Richard Attenborough's Oh! What a Lovely War, and A Bridge Too Far, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth, John Schlesinger's Marathon Man, Daniel Petrie's The Betsy, Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans, and his own Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III. He also preserved his Othello on film, with its stage cast virtually intact. For television, he starred in The Moon and Sixpence, John Gabriel Borkman, Long Day's Journey into Night, Brideshead Revisited, The Merchant of Venice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and King Lear, among others.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Olivier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, at number 14 on the list.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Laurence Olivier, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 96

Birthday 1907-05-22

Day of Death 1989-07-11

Place of Birth Dorking, Surrey, England, UK

Official Site https://www.laurenceolivier.com/

Also Known As

  • Лоуренс Оливье
  • Sir Laurence Olivier

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 Talking Pictures(1 episode) as Himself
2005 Jornal Português (1938-1951)
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow as Dr. Totenkopf
1999 Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood as (archive footage)
1989 War Requiem as The Old Soldier
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1986 Lost Empires(7 episodes) as Harry Burrard
1986 Peter the Great(4 episodes) as King William III of Orange
1985 Wild Geese II as Rudolf Hess
1984 The Jigsaw Man as Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii(3 episodes) as Gaius
1984 The Bounty as Admiral Hood
1984 A Voyage Round My Father as Clifford Mortimer
1984 The Ebony Tower
1984 A Talent For murder as Dr. Anthony Wainwright
1983 Wagner(10 episodes) as Pfeuffer
1983 King Lear as King Lear
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 Inchon as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
1981 Brideshead Revisited(14 episodes) as Alexander Flyte, Lord Marchmain
1981 Clash of the Titans as Zeus
1980 The Jazz Singer as Cantor Rabinovitch
1979 Dracula as Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
1979 A Little Romance as Julius
1978 The Boys from Brazil as Ezra Lieberman
1978 The Betsy as Loren Hardeman
1978 Daphne Laureola as Sir Joseph
1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday as Antonio
1977 Come Back, Little Sheba as Doc Delaney
1977 A Bridge Too Far as Dr. Jan Spaander
1977 Jesus of Nazareth(4 episodes) as Nicodemus
1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Big Daddy
1976 Laurence Olivier Presents(1 episode) as Sir Joseph
1976 Laurence Olivier Presents(1 episode) as Doc Delaney
1976 Laurence Olivier Presents(1 episode) as Antonio
1976 Laurence Olivier Presents(1 episode) as Big Daddy
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution as Professor James Moriarty
1976 The Gentleman Tramp as Narrator
1976 Marathon Man as Christian Szell
1976 The Collection as Harry
1975 Love Among the Ruins as Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones
1973 The World at War(55 episodes) as Narrator
1973 The Merchant of Venice as Shylock
1973 Long Day's Journey Into Night as James Tyrone Sr.
1972 Sleuth as Andrew Wyke
1972 Lady Caroline Lamb as Duke of Wellington
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra as Stolypin
1970 Three Sisters as Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
1969 David Copperfield as Mr. Creakle
1969 Battle of Britain as Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War as Field Marshal Sir John French
1969 Male of the Species as Narrator
1968 The Shoes of the Fisherman as Piotr Ilyich Kamenev
1968 Romeo and Juliet as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1966 ABC Stage 67(1 episode)
1966 Khartoum as Mahdi
1965 Othello as Othello
1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing as Supt. Newhouse
1962 Term of Trial as Graham Weir
1961 The Power and the Glory as Priest
1960 Spartacus as Marcus Licinius Crassus
1960 The Entertainer as Archie Rice
1959 The Devil's Disciple as Gen. Burgoyne
1957 The Prince and the Showgirl as The Regent
1955 Richard III as Richard III
1953 The Beggar's Opera as MacHeath
1953 A Queen Is Crowned as Narrator
1953 The Academy Awards(6 episodes)
1952 Carrie as George Hurstwood
1951 The Magic Box as Police Constable 94-B
1948 Hamlet as Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost
1944 Henry V as King Henry
1944 This Happy Breed as Narrator (uncredited)
1944 The Volunteer as Himself
1943 The Demi-Paradise
1942 Malta G.C. as Narrator
1941 49th Parallel as Johnnie - the Trapper
1941 That Hamilton Woman as Lord Horatio Nelson
1941 Words for Battle as (voice)
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Himself
1940 Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Himself
1940 21 Days as Larry Durrant
1940 Rebecca as 'Maxim' de Winter
1939 Q Planes as Tony McVane
1939 Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff
1938 The Divorce of Lady X as Everard Logan
1937 Fire Over England as Michael Ingolby
1936 The Conquest of the Air as Vincent Lunardi
1936 As You Like It as Orlando
1935 Moscow Nights as Captain Ivan Ignatoff
1933 Perfect Understanding as Nicholas Randall
1932 Westward Passage as Nicholas 'Nick' Allen
1931 The Yellow Ticket as Julian Rolfe
1931 Friends and Lovers as Lieutenant Ned Nichols
1931 Potiphar's Wife as Straker
1930 Too Many Crooks as The Boy
1930 The Temporary Widow as Peter Bille

Directing

1976 Hindle WakesDirector
1970 Three SistersDirector
1957 The Prince and the ShowgirlDirector
1955 Richard IIIDirector
1948 HamletDirector
1944 Henry VDirector

Writing

1948 HamletScreenplay
1944 Henry VWriter

Production

1976 The CollectionProducer
1957 The Prince and the ShowgirlProducer

Creator

1976 Laurence Olivier PresentsCreator

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